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Watch conductor accidentally knock soloist's Amati violin flying 

Robert Rowat

This violinist's dream quickly turned into a nightmare on June 11 at Sao Gonçalo Church in Amarante, Portugal.

Rómulo Assis was performing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Orquestra do Norte when a gesture by conductor Nuno Côrte-Real accidentally knocked the violin from his hands and sent it crashing to the floor.

The horrified musicians of the orchestra immediately stopped playing while Assis rushed over to assess the damage. The 17th-century Nicolo Amati violin sustained enough damage that the soloist was required to resume the performance with the concertmaster's instrument. The audience applauded because, well, what else could they do?

Watch below.


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